• Bill Davis/News Flag football coach Zach Parker, second from left, watches as his players run a sprint drill during Friday’s team practice in Mount Vernon.
  • Bill Davis/News Rush Beatty, 8, of Mount Vernon, throws a pass during Friday’s flag football practice at First Baptist Church.

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MOUNT VERNON — Rush Beatty is the only one on his flag football team who has played football before.

He wanted to be a receiver. His Colt football coach made him a tackle.

“They made me play it,” Beatty said.

Beatty gets his chance now to be the receiver he wanted to be. After all, everyone in the new league gets to be either a receiver or a quarterback.

The new as-yet-unnamed youth flag football league began practices this week at the lawn near First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon. Well, some of the teams started this week — two days of practice were wiped out due to the rainy conditions. It cleared up enough Friday for teams to hit the field.

Beatty is one of five members on a team of second- and third-graders. The team dubbed itself “Speed.”

“My son (Grady) has been bugging me to play football for two years,” Speed head coach Zach Parker said. “I played at Mount Vernon, and I’ve always loved the game of football.”

The league is a product of several groups, including the Upward program, Mount Vernon Nazarene University and First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon. But, really, it came together because of one student.


Bill Davis: 740-397-5333 or bdavis@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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